The promising confirmation of Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State came to be a reality today. The Senate issued an official vote and confirmed Pompeo with a 57-42 vote. Pompeo was took the he oath of office was today at 2:00, and it was administered by Justice Alito. Pompeo said in a statement reported by State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert; "I'm delighted to be secretary of state and completely humbled by the responsibility. I'm looking forward to serving the American people and getting to work right away". Pompeo will assume responsibilities of Secretary of State immediately. The new secretary has travel arrangements scheduled for Brussels, followed by Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan.
Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson has withdrawn his nomination to be President Trump's leader of the Department of Veteran's Affairs. Jacksons confirmation hearing have been surrounded by a storm of allegations questioning his professional conduct. During his announcement of withdrawal, Jackson denied the allegations against him; "completely false and fabricated, If they had any merit, I would not have been selected, promoted and entrusted to serve in such a sensitive and important role as physician to three presidents over the past 12 years," Jackson said. "Going into this process, I expected tough questions about how to best care for our veterans, but I did not expect to have to dignify baseless and anonymous attacks on my character and integrity".
Just after Jackson's announcement President Trump appeared in a phone interview on Fox&Friends. The President claimed that Jacksons withdrawal was not unexpected. He went on to speak about his next VA nominee, James Comey and his book, the Justice department, Michael Cohen and his buisiness, and of course "fake news" CNN.